Bald Eagle Sportsman’s Association celebrated its 70th year of existence and 63rd year of incorporation with an open house event on Saturday, June 2nd. The club provided to all attendees, a free lunch, and free shooting including use of member and club owned firearms. The ammo, ear and eye protection was courtesy of the Wolf’s Den Gun Shop in Hugo.
The event included Cowboy Action Shooting with club members in period costume, WWII and Korean War era M1 Garand, and carbine battle rifles, some historical rifles, and many calibers of pistols and revolvers. There was also Trap, Skeet, and 5 stand clays for shot gunners, complete with a shot shell loading press for young shooters to load their own shells with the help of an experienced shell re-loader and proceed with to the firing line to shoot that shell at a clay target. There was a Civil War display and members of the Minnesota Archery in the Schools program were present with Jack Wachlarowicz MNNASP State coordinator to aide children of all ages in the fine art of archery. There was a tent for black powder arms, run by Mike Wicks, a firearms wholesaler with samples from Winchester and Colt. There were two laser shot booths on loan from the DNR for virtual shooting that were manned by DNR certified instructors.
BESA provided water and soda and chips as well as burgers and brats from Grundhofer's Old Fashion Meats in Hugo, along with pizza delivered from Majestic Pizza in White Bear Township.
The result was a great afternoon of fun in wonderful weather for about 650 visitors and 125 members.
David Arcand BESA Recording Secretary
Click here to view the Open House flyer from this year (.pdf)